2018 Fall Hair Trends

by Jessica Pigza

Happy Fall! I know for some of us, the temperatures of fall are still months away but we can get a head start, pun intended, by amping up our hair. Fall is all about rich colors and below are some of the fun trends I’ve found this season. Some styles are a bit daring and may take you out of your comfort zone while others are subtle and easy. I’m also going to tell you about one of the season’s easiest trends to pull off and it requires no cutting, no coloring, no cost and no commitment!

Color changes are going from the light, beach blonde to rich, caramel colors and darker hues, while warm toned browns are taking over opposed to the cool-toned browns we saw last fall. Below are some of our favorite hair color trends for fall.

Flannel Hair

Okay, so I know right now you are visualizing your hair looking like a checkerboard, but it’s really quite beautiful. According to Allure magazine “Flannel hair is a mash-up of burnt copper, auburn, mulled wine, and deep-red hues.” Think more abstract than literal and you can go as crazy or as subtle as you want.

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“Cold Brew” Brunette

Essentially we want out hair to look like our coffee, our lattes or our mochas. Beautiful swirling browns with ribbons of caramel and cream. The technique is said to be founded by NYC-based colorist, Stephanie Brown who says the key to achieving the shiny brown color is to ask your stylist to ribbon rich highlights and lowlights through your hair for dimension. It’s all about swirling neutral and golden tones down the hair.

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Fringe Bangs/Baby Bangs

Fringe bangs are still on trend going into fall, however, if you want to take it up a notch, try baby bangs that are cut to about mid-forehead. This look can be a bit drastic so work your way up slowly if you’re not comfortable with taking the big plunge. Try wispy baby bangs for a softer look.

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The Bob

The bob is sticking around for fall, just a bit shorter. Wear it sleek and straight or messy and wavy. Try it with bangs or without. This is a classic look but my favorite has to be just above shoulder with a bit of mess and a bit of waves! Perfect for the fall!

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The Modern Shag

The shag is making a huge comeback but this isn’t your 70’s shag. The modern shag is a bit more blended and the length can vary based on whatever you’re comfortable with. This is a super easy look to maintain and looks good on pretty much anyone!

Hint: When opting for this look, ask your stylist to cut your hair before coloring, that way the color pattern will reflect your new style!

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The Center Part

Remember I said I was going to tell you about a fun way to change your hair and it requires absolutely zero commitment? Just change your part. Crazy and yet so simple. How you part your hair is an easy way to change up your look without making any permanent changes to your hair. The center part is big this season and can be incorporated into any hair length or style. If you’re not a fan of the center part you can still try an exaggerated part on either side or even a zigzag part which is great for creating extra volume. Play with your part (like I did below) and see which one you like best. 


Exaggerated Side Part

Zig-Zag Center Part

Your turn! What fall hair trends are you most excited about?